WEC: China Calling for Mike Conway and Toyota Gazoo Racing

28th October 2015

MB Partners driver Mike Conway and his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team head to China this week for the penultimate round of the 2015 World Endurance Championship, the Six Hours of Shanghai.
 
Mike will race in the #2 TS040 HYBRID with Alex Wurz and Stéphane Sarrazin. The team has a strong record in China, having won the race in 2012 and 2014, while a mechanical problem denied a deserved victory following a dominant performance in 2013.
 
This weekend is expected to be more of a challenge, although the team is encouraged by the improved performance shown by the TS040 HYBRID in the wet conditions last time out at Fuji Speedway which saw both cars battling with their Audi and Porsche rivals.

TOYOTA will experience China for the first time with the 2015-specification TS040 HYBRID on Friday, when two practice sessions (10.30 & 15.30) will be used for set-up and tyre work. Final practice (09.00) and qualifying (14.00) take place on Saturday, while Sunday’s race begins at 11.00.

Mike said ahead of the weekend: “I’ve only driven at Shanghai once, in LMP2 in 2013, so it’s not a track where I have a lot of history. But I do like the circuit a lot as it is quite challenging and satisfying for a driver. The first corners are particularly tricky because it’s incredibly long and you need to be patient to get it right. I am looking forward to experiencing the TS040 HYBRID on this track for the first time and I’ll be doing my best to get a strong result for the team.”
 
Toshio Sato, Team President, added: “We are looking forward to the Shanghai race. It is a circuit where TOYOTA has been very strong in the past and we have been on the podium every time we have visited China. We will give everything to fight for the podium again this weekend, even if we know the opposition is very strong. We are coming to the end of a long season but the team is focused and determined to get the best possible result. Everyone will be working hard to achieve this in Shanghai.”
Shanghai International Circuit, which was completed in 2004, has been a permanent fixture since the re-birth of WEC in 2012. The circuit, which at 5.451km features 16 corners and two long straights, is located around 40km from Shanghai centre.

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